Entombment of Atala.
19th c French Romantic Painting
(1767 - 1824)
182.88 cm x 266.7 cm
Oil on Canvas
The painting illustrates a scene from Atala, a book by Chateaubriand published in 1801. Set in America in the 17th cenury, it tells the story of a love between Chactas, a young native of Louisiana who had been taken prisoner and the virgin Atala who saved him. Atala had received a Christian education. They fled to the woods where they encountered a missionary who converted Chactas so that the two could be married. However, she had promised her mother that she would remain a virgin and took poison so that she could remain true to her vow. However, on her deathbed she learned that she could, in fact, have married Chactas.
GIRODET-TRIOSON Anne-Louis | Entombment of Atala. | 1808 | French | Romantic
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